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Steve Brady named 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year at Annual General Meeting Steve Brady, Valaris, was named the 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year during the IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 8 November. Mr Brady served as IADC Chairman in 2018, dedicating his term to outreach, competency and advocacy. “Steve has been a longtime and great supporter of IADC,” said Jason McFarland, IADC President. “From his work on the RAPID-S53 project to his year serving as our Chairman, he has championed the interests of drilling contractors and IADC, and it was an honor to present him the award.” The Contractor of the Year award is sponsored by National Oilwell Varco (NOV). It was established in 1998 ...

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IADC praises Brouillette confirmation as new US Secretary of Energy In early December, the US Senate confirmed Dan Brouillette as the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). In response to the Senate confirmation, IADC President Jason McFarland said, “Secretary Brouillette has a successful history of supporting US energy, and is well suited for his new role at DOE. IADC and our members look forward to an open dialogue with DOE leadership and are able and willing to serve as an educative resource to those who wish to understand more about drilling rigs and how they operate and the complexities of our business.” IADC submits Jones Act recommendations IADC and other trade groups recently provided recommendations to the US ...

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IADC reflects on 80-year history as it looks to pave path to success for next 80 years

From the Chair In 1940, a group of visionaries gathered to start what would become the International Association of Drilling Contractors. They believed that drilling contractors needed a collective voice to advocate for their interests in our industry. Now, 80 years later, IADC is still here. We have weathered massive industry changes with regard to technology and automation, as well as the market ups and downs, but we have remained true to the original vision and ideals for the association. Given our long and successful history, it is my honor to serve as this year’s Chair for IADC’s 80th anniversary year. I have been fortunate to have had a long career in this industry, and I’ve worked for drilling contractors ...

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Why people don’t follow procedures: a human performance perspective

New view of safety, accountability looks beyond enforcing procedural discipline to causes of non-conformance and how to manage variability in job execution By Marcin Nazaruk, Baker Hughes “Failed to follow procedure” is a common root cause from incident investigations in the oil and gas industry. Such a finding reinforces a belief that procedural conformance is a source of safety and success. Therefore, the apparently obvious conclusion is we need to get better at enforcing procedural discipline to prevent such incidents in the future. After all, procedures represent the best way to carry out activities. Experts develop procedures to guard against the errors and mistakes of fallible human operators who may have limited competence and experience. Compliance should be enforced to ...

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Taking industrial, rule-based approach to drilling can improve repeatability, aid deepwater project economics

Total’s Xavier Rouzeaud: Digital applications also hold significant potential, but they must be designed from the rig, for the rig and support people on the rig By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Xavier Rouzeaud is Deputy VP Drilling & Wells for Total. What is the biggest challenge that you see on the horizon for the drilling sector of the oil and gas industry? There is not a single challenge but multiple challenges, and one of the biggest is finding ways to be successful in an unpredictable oil price environment and a fast-changing world. We are being affected not only by market forces but also by the evolution of society’s expectations in terms of energy and the climate. We must be resilient and ...

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Drilling industry must do more to publicize environmental stewardship, position itself as part of the solution

Ensign’s Sean Halloran: Companies also must seek ways to use growing volumes of data and extract value in real time, provide more holistic view of wellbore By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Sean Halloran is Vice President of Wellsite Technology for Ensign Energy Services. Looking across your rig fleet, what do you see as the biggest challenges that you face as a rig contractor? When we talk internally about challenges, the biggest one we’re looking at right now is this idea of climate change and how it’s affecting our business, as well as the industry in general. We recognize that shareholders want to see more of a carbon-neutral investment. As drilling contractors, we’re really good at making holes in the ground, but ...

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Industry set to see surge in water recycling and reuse, with benefits on cost, environmental impact

Increasing adoption of automation also leading to opportunities to optimize water transfers by reducing fuel and personnel requirements By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher As oil and gas companies continue to seek ways to reduce costs while working to step up their environmental stewardship, water recycling and reuse for fracturing remains a significant but under-tapped opportunity. In 2019, oil and gas production resulted in approximately 24 billion barrels of produced and flowback water in the US, but only approximately 5% of that amount was recycled and reused, according to Dean Fanguy, Director of Business Development for TETRA Technologies. “The No. 1 thing that operators can do to reduce water management costs is to recycle more water,” Mr Fanguy said. Whether ...

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